A few days ago, I attended The Family Leadership Summit 2014 in Iowa. The privilege of addressing the crowd, and signing my newest book King Rules was superseded by the awesome honor of being among genuine Christians who are committed to humbling ourselves in prayer that God will heal our land.
I came away encouraged, bearing Bob Vander Plaats' new book If 7:14. I've been setting my clock at 7:14 (2 Chronicles 7:14) twice daily and crying out to God for our nation, for my family, and for myself. Oh, if only I could have stayed up on that mountaintop, where GOD's mighty presence enveloped us and gave us hope. Yet, like Moses, we must come down again, into a lost and dying world that needs the Light and Love of Christ.
As I left Iowa, I didn't know what was ahead of me. I came home to startling and somewhat saddening reports of the death of yet another young Black male, Michael Brown; Robin "Popeye" Williams death by suicide; and the escalating Iraq crisis. Added to these reports, are some personal "issues" that are requiring a double strong dose of faith and love to overcome in my own life. more >>
Nathaniel Morales, a former youth group leader at the Maryland-based Covenant Life Church and who was convicted in May for sexually abusing three young boys, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The judge called him a "cowardly pervert" and a "pathetic human being."
Judge Terrance McGann of Montgomery County Circuit Court sentenced Morales, 56, to 40 years in state prison for molesting at least four boys while ministering at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, during the 1980s, WJLA reports.
One of the victims, Jeremy Cook, who is now married and has three children, said sexual abuse was a pattern in Morales' life. He made a public statement Thursday, the day of the sentencing. more >>
Another round of unrest erupted in the Streets of Ferguson, Missouri early Saturday morning as hundreds of angry protesters vented their anger once again at the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old youth in the community last Saturday. Looters also took the opportunity to raid neighborhood businesses as well.
A report from The New York Times said Saturday's eruption was the first major protest to occur since the Missouri State Highway Patrol took over security of the area on Thursday. Law enforcement officials who faced off with the crowd started pulling back after the protesters began dispersing around 4 a.m.
Looters, according to CNN first targeted the Ferguson Market and Liquor Store which is now a part of the case swirling around Michael Brown's death. Brown is alleged to fit the description of a suspect who robbed a $48.99 box of cigars from the convenience store about 10 minutes before a police officer identified as Darren Wilson shot him dead after a controversial struggle according to Fox News. The incident was captured on surveillance video. Authorities also explained at a press conference that Wilson had no knowledge that Brown was a suspect during their encounter. more >>
Eight out of every 10 police officers in the United States are overweight and researchers say they are 25 times more likely to die as a result of weight-related health problems than from an encounter with a criminal, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to a CBS DFW report which highlighted the statistic, the Garland Police Department in Texas is now working on a plan to improve the fitness of police officers in that command in response to the findings.
"I think it's important for all of us to keep the weight down and stay in shape, especially this job. The stress that we incur at this job … this is a great way to relieve the stress and to keep the blood pressure down," Garland Assistant Chief Jeff Bryan told CBS. more >>
As tensions continued in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of a black teenager by a policeman, President Barack Obama was criticized for his handling of race relations.
Various activists, including some in the African-American community, have questioned the effectiveness of President Obama's response, according to NBC News.
Jason Johnson, a politics editor for The Source magazine and a professor of political science, explained to MSNBC his doubts about Obama's handling of matters regarding race. more >>
Darren Wilson has been named as the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Friday, as new details and a timeline have also been released in connection to the case.
Police Chief Thomas Jackson revealed Wilson's name at a press conference earlier today, hoping to quell protests that have taken place since the shooting on Saturday, August 9. Jackson also released stills from a robbery that took place moments before Brown was killed but did not say if there was an actual link between the 18-year-old and the crime.
"I cannot discuss the investigation about the attempted apprehension of the suspect in the strong-arm robbery," Jackson said at the press conference. "That goes to the county prosecutor's office." more >>